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Advancement/Development Director
Surprise Lake Camp
382 Lake Surprise Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Principal Responsibilities:

To apply please send cover letter and resume to Adam Bendeson at

Designs, implements, and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment, and capital campaigns, special projects, and other solicitations

Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations

Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations

Solicits alumni and staff for our established planned-giving program

Works with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and Executive Director to develop strategies to initiate and achieve fundraising goals

Develops fundraising training for the Board and other leadership volunteers

Assumes responsibility for all Development reports to the Board and other agencies; attends all Board meetings

Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations

Oversees the management of donor databases and gift record-keeping and processing

Manages pledge reminders and acknowledgment programs

Coordinates development research activities

Creates and implements communication and promotional plan for future capital campaigns

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum 5 years of experience in development with demonstrated success meeting annual fundraising goals

Experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major-figure gifts (defined as $5,000 and above)

Experience with planning and implementing capital campaigns

Extensive knowledge of all aspects of fundraising, including major gifts, corporate sponsorship, special events, foundation and government grants, annual fund, and capital campaigns

Adept in fostering relationships with all donors, including high-net-worth donors and staff at all levels

Strong interpersonal skills coupled with the ability to influence others to act

Successful track-record leading teams and developing strategy

Able to motivate and work effectively and diplomatically across diverse teams within an organization

Extensive knowledge of Salsa/CRM and database management

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Ability to inspire trust and confidence with a wide range of stakeholders within and outside of the organization

Passion for camp and the outdoors, are not required

This position is remote and may or may not require the successful candidate to spend the summer at camp


$65,000 - $75,000

Agency Information:

Surprise Lake Camp is one of the oldest Jewish Childrens Camps in the United States. Since 1902, Surprise Lake Camp has provided a haven for children in the beautiful mountains of Cold Spring, NY. What makes SLC the best is the beauty of the site, the richness of the people and the program, the sense of history and tradition, and the magic we create when the whole thing comes together. We blend a commitment to traditional, rustic camp experiences with state-of-the-art recreational facilities and are particularly proud of our open, inclusive community that is sensitive to the needs of interfaith and diverse families.

Over 8 weeks each summer, nestled in a valley between two mountains and around a lake, we host over 600 campers and staff who come from all over the world. We have a very strong alumni base and many of our campers are the children and grandchildren of former campers.

Surprise Lake Camp is looking for an Advancement/Development Director who will help usher camp into the next generation.